Perhaps Webster Groves High School's boys basketball season really began Jan. 4, not Dec. 7. That was when senior point guard Courtney Ramey made his debut and it appeared he didn't miss a beat as Webster Groves pounded Marquette, 73-43, at Roberts Gymnasium.
Ramey tallied 15 points, hit six of 14 shots from the field and dished out 13 assists in his first game back after suffering a fractured wrist during the team's jamboree. Senior center Carte'Are Gordon, a St. Louis University recruit, led the way with 22 points.
In his second game, Ramey scored 10 points, had six assists and recorded nine rebounds in helping Webster Groves to a 75-62 win over Wheeler (Ga.) in a shootout in Wheeling, W.V., on Jan. 6. Junior sharpshooter Ray Adams led the way with 23 points and converted seven of nine shots from three-point range. R.J. Wright contributed 20 points and Gordon added 17 points for Webster Groves' third straight victory.
Webster Groves (6-4) plays in the 34th annual Bass Pro Tournament of Champions this weekend at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo. The Statesmen played Christ the King (N.Y.) in the first round of the eight-team tournament on Jan. 11. The semifinals will be at 8 and 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 12. The championship is scheduled for 9 p.m. on Jan. 13.
Other teams invited to play in the prestigious event are Oak Hill Academy (Va.), Brentwood Academy (Tenn.), Wasatch Academy (Utah) and La Lumiere (Ind.).